Fulham Palace is home to a history that never stands still, even today we’re still discovering new chapters of our history.
Fulham Palace Trust is an independent charity set up to restore the Palace house and garden and to provide public access to this ancient site on the banks of the River Thames. From 704 to 1973 the Palace was the country house of the Bishop of London, a key figure in the Church of England.
Fulham Palace is committed to addressing the issues of power, racism and inequality in the history we tell in our museum. We remain alert to any cultural bias that exists within our organisation and how we continue to share our history.
Working towards this commitment, the Palace has commissioned Adisa, a spoken word artist, to work with schools and community groups to help us interpret the stories around the Bishop of London’s historic links to colonialism and transatlantic slavery.
Adisa has found inspiration in the often-overlooked stories of physical and spiritual resistance in the Caribbean and North America during the height of the transatlantic slave trade, which ultimately led to the ending of the slave trade and slavery itself in the British Empire.
Adisa is using this theme to run workshops with five partner schools and groups. Creative responses from the workshops will be shared with the wider local community and with the museums and heritage sector – through a film, an exhibition, and a series of blogs, events and talks.
Join Adisa for free poetry workshops at Fulham Palace on 25 October.
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